The Works Of Lord Byron. Complete In Five Volumes.




Bernh. Tauchnitz Jun.





Item Description

FIVE VOLUMES. 8vo. 4.5 x 6 inches. Vol. I. [2] + 511 + [1] pp.; Vol. II. [4] + 399 + [1] pp.; Vol. III. [4] + 438 pp.; Vol. IV. [4] + 360 pp. + [4] pp.; Vol. V. [4] + 438 pp. Bound in vellum with gilt borders to boards; spines in compartments with gilt bands, with contrasting maroon morocco title labels. All edges red. Binder's labels of Penney, Darlington. Some wear to extremities, darkening of top edges and scattered foxing. Illustrated by portrait frontispieces. Editions of Lord Byron's Poetical Works began to appear on the continent of Europe from 1818, before his English publisher, John Murray, deemed it commercially expedient to issue collective versions in place of separate poems. The firm of Bernhard Tauchnitz had been founded in Leipzig in 1837 and in 1842 began to publish its Collection of British Authors; hence Byron's Works dated that year was one of the earliest titles to appear. It thus predates the payment of royalties to British authors, a policy introduced by Tauchnitz in the following year. This honourable behaviour contrasted with the pirating policy then common among most US and European publishers and was a practice well ahead of the introduction of international copyright law. Additionally the editions were not available for sale in the British Empire to avoid competition in the home market Tauchnitz books were issued in paperbound editions but many buyers chose to have them bound, in this case in vellum.

[Stock No. 26182]

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